Chief Peter Collins

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Chief, Fort William First Nation

Peter Collins is currently serving his tenth term as the Chief of Fort William First Nation. He previously served 9 years as Regional Grand Chief of the Northern Superior Region and currently holds a Board position with the Union of Ontario Indians, Anishnawbek Nation. Chief Collins sits on the Board of Directors for Dilico and is the President of BLP-Bamkushwada, as well holds a Committee Member position with the e Bora Laskin Faculty of Law-Aboriginal Advisory Committee. In 2016, he was appointed to sit at the Chief’s Committee on Economic Development with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

Peter Collins is currently serving his tenth term as the Chief of Fort William First Nation. He previously served 9 years as Regional Grand Chief of the Northern Superior Region and currently holds a Board position with the Union of Ontario Indians, Anishnawbek Nation. Chief Collins sits on the Board of Directors for Dilico and is the President of BLP-Bamkushwada, as well holds a Committee Member position with the e Bora Laskin Faculty of Law-Aboriginal Advisory Committee. In 2016, he was appointed to sit at the Chief’s Committee on Economic Development with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

Chief Collins is a leader who works hard for his community and is focussed on advancing the First Nation through Economic Development and capacity building. With this dynamic vision, he wants to ensure that Fort William First Nation will position itself to be a leader in the area and to be a partner to other surrounding communities, businesses and organizations.

He was instrumental in the creation of Oshki-Aki Limited Partnership incorporated in December 2011. Oshki-Aki LP is a partnership between Fort William First Nation and True Grit Consulting Limited in which one hundred percent of the profit generated is directed back to Fort William First Nation. The profit from the Joint Venture supports capacity building in the community, creating employment opportunities for community members while teaching essential skills.

Believing strongly in the people of Fort William First Nation with a priority on taking care of the Elders and setting an example for the Youth. He speaks and promotes the importance of education; whether it’s in a classroom setting or a skilled trade.

Chief Collins has been married for thirty-seven years to Susan and is the proud father of six children and grandfather to eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. When he is not working or spending time with his beloved family, you can find him watching his favourite hockey team the Toronto Maple Leafs or in the off-season at a golf course near you.